April 12, 2012
Time Magazine’s Influential People
Every year, Time Magazine puts together a collection of the most influential people in society. This year, two of the people selected had connections with the physically/mentally challenged community. They were selected from a group of 200+ people.
One of the people selected was Jason Katmis executive director of the NBC TV show “Parenthood.” He has a son with Asperger’s syndrome. “Parenthood” has been praised for its use of developing a character with Asperger’s into the show’s plot.
Karen Pierce is an autism researcher at a university. Presently, she is working to enhance autism screening tests. Her tests could be used to determine if a child has autism at one year old.
This collection of influential people in Time Magazine includes a range of leaders, artists, and heroes. People that have been taken into consideration besides Katmis and Pierce are Warren Buffett. Final results for the collection will be presented on April 17.